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  P-38L-1-LO "Putt Putt Maru III" Serial Number 44-24843 Tail 100
USAAF
5th AF
475th FG
432nd FS

Pilot ¬†Henry L. Condon (MIA / KIA) Opelika, AL
Crashed  January 2, 1945
MACR  11768

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 475th Fighter Group, 432nd Fighter Squadron. Tail Number 100. Nicknamed "Putt Put Maru III".

Mission History
On January 2, 1945 took off on a mission over central Luzon. While strafing a train north of Manila, this aircraft's engine exploded and Condon was too low to bail and crashed near a road.

Recovery of Remains
During 1949, American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) located the crash site and recovered Condon's remains.

Memorials
Condon was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Although his was listed as Missing In Action (MIA), he was never memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

After the recovery of Condon's remains in 1949, he was temporarily buried at Manila American Cemetery before being transported back to the United States for permanent burial. Condon is buried at Rosemere Cemetery in Opelika, Alabama.

References
Missing Air Crew Report 11768 (MACR 11768)
Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) Henry L. Condon
FindAGrave - Henry L. Condon, III (grave photo)
Thanks to Kenneth Tilley for information on Condon's status

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Info
P-38

MIA
MIA
1 Missing
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